Boston United top scorer Marc Newsham joked that his body is ‘falling apart’ - after reaching his half-century of matches.
The forward was the Pilgrims’ only ever-present of the 2012-13 campaign, starting all 51 of the club’s competitive contests.
“It’s a good little thing for me,” said Newsham after his final run-out of the season, the Lincs Senior Shield final victory at Gainsborough Trinity.
“I want to play in every game, and this season I’ve been lucky enough to do it, so I’ll take that.
“But my body feels like it’s falling apart.”
Newsham is now coming to the end of his fortnight’s break from fitness.
Soon he will get back to the usual regime as he looks to be in prime condition by the time the players report back for pre-season training.
And the striker - who netted 30 times last campaign - knows he will have to be at his best as the jostling for a place in manager Dennis Greene’s plans begin.
“Football is a squad game,” said Newsham, who has no fears of the club bringing in more attacking options this summer.
“It will be a big summer with players coming in and going out.
“I’ve been lucky to play every game this year, but if other strikers come in it’s still my aim to stay in the team.
“Performances merit that, so I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Newsham’s other goal is to fire United to a better position than last season’s 16th place finish.
“We need to have a better season and be in and around the play-offs,” he added.